5 Reasons Flickr Runs Circles Around Picasa and PhotoBucket For Social Photo Sharing

I mentioned on Twitter that I was renewing my Flickr Pro account. @breon decided to share how he just moved all his photos from Flickr to Picasa…BUT

Loving Picasa over Flickr says @breon

I immediately replied:

Flickr rounds circles around Picasa

1. SEO Google Juice

105,990 impressions in 1 year from Flickr. That’s right. My images have been seen, shared, embedded, linked to and favorited over 100,000 times in 1 year. Because I upload my photos to Flickr, one of my images appeared on the LA Times Blog and the Consumerist. Another was used in a museum exhibit on democracy. Flickr allows it’s images to be indexed by Google, Google Images and Yahoo which extends the reach of your photos well beyond the Flickr.com website. All you need to do is properly tag and describe your photos for them to grow wings. You can include URL links in the description as well and I do that often to link my screenshots back to blog posts I write.
Traffic Stats for my Flickr Account

2. Community

Flickr is more than just a space to store your photos. You can find friends using the service, invite family to photo sets you create and connect with people who share the same interests as you. One group I belong to, Computer Nerd Cats, is a collection of photos where cats are laying on keyboards, snoozing on monitors, playing with mice and causing general “cute overload” near technology. I enjoy looking at the photos, have added several of my own and feel a sense of belonging.

3. Licensing

Flickr is truly a place for sharing. They are the #1 place to go if you are looking for interesting photos for your blog. When people create any sort of media, it automatically is copyrighted by default. If others want to use what you’ve created, they need your permission. If you ever do consulting work where you create something like technical documentation or photos, a contract is usually involved and explains who owns the resulting work. Back to Flickr. Flickr makes it easy to “share” your photos and give people the right to use your photos in a way where you get credit for the images and they can use them on their websites. This is known as Creative Commons. There are several types of CC licensing and you can read to find out which option fits you. I usually choose, “Attribution with non-commercial”
creative commons

4. Search

Flickr allows you to search by keywords or tags. It can sort results by “most relevant” or “most interesting”. They just added functionality which shows you on the right side additional information from the search results about the photographers, what groups the photos belong to, the associated tags and the location of the photos (geo tagging).
serach for bananas on Flickr

5. Sharing

I come across stories, links, ideas and events in Flickr that take me to another place; for a few moments, I’m able to step into someone else’s shoes in India, walk the streets of London and climb a mountain without losing my breath.   Flickr is like stepping into a candy store of imagery goodness.  None of this would be possible without others feeling the need to share their experiences about food, buildings, exotic places, plants, people smiling, classic cars, technology conferences, clothing, and nature.
Explore on Flickr


The free version of Flickr is great but if you plan to do some serious blogging or want to host your photos online for easy sharing, a Pro account at $25 a year is worth it. I ask all my blogging clients to sign up for a Pro account so they have access to the additional features and upload bandwidth.

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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has worked in the tech industry since 1998 solving big problems for companies of all sizes. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria is a popular speaker and gives talks about culture, communication and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama.

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